Showing posts with label Economy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Economy. Show all posts

Friday, April 16, 2010

EC3351 Group Presentation

8 April 2010

My most memorable Economics module in NUS must be that of the EC3351 Public Finance. Associate Professor Chia Ngee Choon is also my top-ranked Economics lecturer, for being able to simplify the otherwise complex economic models.

I was glad to get to know my peers within my project group. One was an athlete who represented Singapore in the track and field sports at SEA games Vientiane 2009 and won some medals. One was passionate in community service, and another shared the same post-study career outlook.

We researched on the Foreign Worker Levy system and explored the possibility of applying a carbon trading system to the Foreign Worker Levy as an alternative method.

Friday, February 27, 2009

YOUTHSpeak on Budget 2009

19 February 2009

Had a long rest after the exhaustion incurred from the 7-day Hong Kong cultural exchange. Reached People's Association Headquarters at 7pm to attend the first national-level PAYM Policy Forum. Being overseas in Hong Kong had deprived me of the updates of the Budget Debate, so thought of learning more about it through the session.

The Guest-of-Honour was Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean. He gave a brief lecture on the Resilience Package and explained the governments' decision.

Also speaking was Associate Professor Tan Khee Giap, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies Office and Co-Director, Asia Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University. He predicted that Singapore would be among the last to recover from the recession, a point which was dismissed by Mr Teo.

Most of the concerns from the floor were targeted at the availability of job opportunities. Questions were raised spontaneously.

Hong Kong Exchange friends:

Eunos CC YEC:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Brace Yourselves for the Storm

22 October 2008

As I open my eyes gratefully to be able to see the morning sun, the grimy economy news in The Straits Times didn't bother me much. The reporters seem to be copying and pasting the same bad news everyday for the past week. The difference perhaps lie only in the company/country being inflicted with the bad economic flu.

After collecting a deposit from a client and processing his printing job, I received a couple of calls regarding request for quotation for various printing jobs. It's that time of the year again. So little wonder why I would get such a shock later in the evening.

It's totally unfair that Lin Qiang already started receiving "Navy News" Magazine. I didn't even had one before enrolment!

After a healthy dinner with a hilarious slapstick movie "The Big Hit", I went downstairs to attend my RC meeting. Over the next 2 hours, the topic of an adverse economy popped out from time to time. One member said that companies are starting to tighten their belts and retrenchment would definitely start next year.

After the meeting, the coffee shop discussion couldn't escape the mention of the economy as well. People from different industries and various walks of life painting the gloomy picture for the coming months or even years. That's when I got a shock, not a very big one but it definitely had its impact.

I remember some wealthy soul mentioned that recessions are periods when the riches in the world are redistributed. As we tighten our belts, we should start thinking of how we can leverage on this impending crisis since recessions don't come so frequently and hopefully this will be the last to come!